In a move expected to raise energy prices for consumers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday voted 4-0 to approve PJM Interconnection's "request to cap the quantity of Limited and Extended Summer demand response (DR) that clears in the annual base capacity auction," RTO Insider reports (See our Jan 23, 2014, blog post – "PJM to introduce two new types of demand response"). The changes will take effect in May's Base Residual Auction for delivery year 2017-18. The new rule, which caps "the amount of Limited and Extended Summer DR at 10 percent of PJM's reliability requirement, with Limited DR providing no more than 4 percent," could boost capacity prices by $1.8 billion over two years. PJM provides wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states, including Ohio. "Consumer advocates, industrial load, cooperatives and state regulators" opposed the changes, but PJM maintained that the price increases will be "more than offset by a $3.4 billion reduction in energy prices over the same period," the article said. For more, read the full story.